Anthony Duclair capsule 2024

Anthony Duclair was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning by the San Jose Sharks on Thursday for defenseman prospect Jack Thompson and a third-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft.

Tampa Bay also received a seventh-round pick in the 2025 NHL Draft.

Duclair has 27 points (16 goals, 11 assists) in 56 games this season, his first with the Sharks after being acquired in a trade with the Florida Panthers on July 1. The 28-year-old forward is in the final season of a three-year contract he signed with Florida on July 15, 2021, and can become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

"I'm very excited to come here; it's a winning organization and with all the battles we had the past three years playing for the Panthers, it's a real honor to be part of this locker room," Duclair said Saturday. 

Selected by the New York Rangers in the third round (No. 80) of the 2013 NHL Draft, Duclair has 288 points (138 goals, 150 assists) in 546 regular-season games with the Rangers, Arizona Coyotes, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Ottawa Senators, Panthers and Sharks. He also has 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 34 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

"Obviously, sorry to see him go. He's been playing his best hockey here over the last five, six weeks," Sharks coach David Quinn said. "He's been a great guy to coach, just brings a lot of energy to our locker room. A very productive player offensively. Sad to see him go, but happy for him. He's getting an opportunity to play on a playoff team and can contend for a Stanley Cup. Can't say enough good things about him."

Calgary Flames forward Jonathan Huberdeau, who was Duclair’s teammate with Florida for two seasons (2020-22), said he’ll fit in well with Tampa Bay.

“He's a guy that's really fast and he can create a lot of offense,” Huberdeau said after the Flames won 6-3 at the Lightning on Thursday. “Playing with the kind of players here … I think it's going to help that team and help them in the lineup."

Thompson, who was selected by the Lightning in the third round (No. 93) of the 2020 NHL Draft, has played one NHL game. The 21-year-old has 32 points (five goals, 27 assists) in 46 games with Syracuse of the American Hockey League this season.

Tampa Bay (33-25-6) is tied with the Detroit Red Wings for the first wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference, two points ahead of the New York Islanders, who have two games in hand.

"As a professional athlete and competitor, you want to play those meaningful games, you want to be in the playoffs every year,” Duclair said. “And coming up so short last year, I want to be back in that  same position, and no better place to get there with the track record the Lightning have. I'm just hoping to come here, do my best and help this forward group.

"It was a great experience last year to go all the way to the Finals. It takes a lot, it takes a full team, all four lines, all defensemen, and we all know how there could be a big risk of injury and it's always the next-man-up."

San Jose (15-40-7) is last in the Pacific Division. independent correspondents Corey Long and Chelena Goldman contributed to this report